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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1347: Material Narratives of Late Antiquity, I: Elite Sites and New Datasets

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:DFG Center for Advanced Studies 'Migration & Mobility in Late Antiquity & the Early Middle Ages', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen’
Organisers:James Michael Harland, Department of Arts, Design & Social Sciences, Northumbria University
Andrew Welton, University Writing Program, University of Florida
Moderator/Chair:Becca Grose, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1347-aUsing Pottery to Reconceptualise the Study of Ethnicity and Migration: A Case Study of Lyminge, Kent, and Its 16,000 Pottery Sherd Assemblage
(Language: English)
Lisa Backhouse, School of Archaeology, Geography & Environmental Science, University of Reading / School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Demography, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1347-bPalatial Architecture and Political Community in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Samuel James Barber, Medieval Studies Program, Cornell University
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular, Byzantine Studies, Political Thought
Paper 1347-cIt's Not about Identity: Reading Narratives from Early Anglo-Saxon Period Weapon Graves
(Language: English)
Andrew Welton, University Writing Program, University of Florida
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Social History

The transformation of the Roman world necessarily resulted in a dramatic renegotiation of the relationship between people and the spaces which they inhabited. Recent scholarship has rightly emphasised that these transitions were more complex than was once thought. Evidence for continuity has been found where there was once believed to be drastic disruption, and excessive attention to elite material culture at the expense of broader evidential material has in some instances distorted perceptions of social fabric of the late antique world. The new theoretical approaches and datasets offered by these three papers unpack the complex effects that people and the spaces they inhabited had on the late antique social sphere.